Randy Pausch, fully Randolph Frederick "Randy" Pausch

Randy
Pausch, fully Randolph Frederick "Randy" Pausch
1960
2008

Computer Science Professor and Human-Computer Interaction, gave upbeat lecture and wrote book called "The Last Lecture" when diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer

Author Quotes

What is the most appropriate thing to say to a friend who was about to die. He answered: tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Whenever he goes, you also g. He will not be alone.

When giving an apology, any performance lower than an A really doesn?t cut it.

When I asked him when I die, he replied that I would probably be pretty healthy next three to six months. It reminded me of my visit to Disneyland. If you were to ask their employees when the park closes they usually respond that the park is open until eight in the evening.

When I was fifteen, I worked in the orchard and picking strawberries. Most of the other workers were day laborers. We've been doing some teachers, so earning extra money for the summer. I mentioned it to my father and said, it seems to me that this work below their level. (I guess I thought that was beneath me.) Got verbal soup what I'll remember. My father believed that physical work cannot be below one's level. He said he would prefer to become the best trenchers in the world than to lazily creeping like a smug elitist behind any office desk. He went back to the orchard, which does not mean that we can now work more like him. Anyway, I remember my father's words. I changed my attitude and diligently went to work.

Turn money into time ? especially important for people with kids.

When I was in high school, I decided to paint my bedroom [shows slides of bedroom]. I always wanted a submarine and an elevator... And the great thing about this is they let me do it. And they didn't get upset about it. And it's still there. If you go to my parent's house it's still there. And anybody who is out there who is a parent, if your kids want to paint their bedroom, as a favor to me let them do it. It'll be OK. Don't worry about resale value on the house.

Until his last lecture ever anyone at Carnegie Mellon, and this applies to both teachers and students, I said that I was denied. I feared? I was not smart enough for their company? If I am not experiencing serious? Interestingly, there are secrets that you want to discover only at the end of life? I tell this story because her message is that if something you want badly enough, never give up (and get help if you offer).

When it comes to men who are romantically interested in you, it?s really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do.

Until you got ice cream spilled on you, you?re not doing field work.

When the waitress brought a dish, I congratulated her on the pregnancy. - You must be very happy - I said.

Walls aren't put in our life to stop us, they are there to test how much we really want somthing.

When there?s an elephant in the room introduce him.

We can't change it. We have to decide how we'll respond.

When they [parents and educators] talk of building self-esteem, they often resort to empty flattery rather than character-building honesty. I've heard so many people talk of a downward spiral in our educational system, and I think one key factor is that there is too much stroking and too little real feedback.

We can't change the cards we're dealt, just how we play the hand.

When told by a female colleague about how a girl can pick the right guy, she said... "When it comes to men who are romantically interested in you, it's really simple. Just ignore everything they say and only pay attention to what they do."

We found that when we targeted Alice as a storytelling vehicle, girls were three times as likely to be engaged and motivated to write computer software, as opposed to just moving 3-D characters around.

When we make something hard to use, people get upset. They become so angry that they want to destroy it. We don?t want to create things that people will want to destroy.

We have a finite amount of time. Whether short or long, it doesn?t matter. Life is to be lived.

When you are doing something badly and no one?s bothering to tell you anymore, that?s a very bad place to be. Your critics are the ones still telling you they love you and care.

We keep what is valuable to us, what we cherish.

When you do something young enough and you train for it, it just becomes a part of you.

Well, you can?t have just some of me, Jai, I told her. You appreciate the part of me that didn?t get angry because two ?things? we own got hurt. But the flip side of that is my belief that you don?t repair things if they still do what they?re supposed to do. The cars still work.

When you do the right thing, good stuff has a way of happening.

We've placed a lot of emphasis in this country on the idea of people's rights. That's how it should be, but it makes no sense to talk about rights without also talking about responsibilities.

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First Name
Randy
Last Name
Pausch, fully Randolph Frederick "Randy" Pausch
Birth Date
1960
Death Date
2008
Bio

Computer Science Professor and Human-Computer Interaction, gave upbeat lecture and wrote book called "The Last Lecture" when diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer